PowerofX's Mock Draft
Updated: 2/18/17 11:10 am
Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age
This kid is amazing. It's between him and Ball for the #1 pick but right now Fultz gets the edge. Could fit on the Celtics next to Isaiah.
2. Phoenix | Lonzo Ball | 6-6 | 190 | PG | UCLA | 19
Not a huge fan of him personally but you can't deny his talent. The local kid stays in the bright lights of LA. Yes, the Lakers already have 2 talented backcourt mates in D-Russ and Clarkson, but the talent here is too great to pass up. Go BPA with a potential franchise player and let Luke Walton figure out the depth chart later.
A special talent who plays both ends of the court. An elite athlete with great competitive fire. The Run N' Gun Suns could return with Jackson joining Booker and Bledsoe.
4. Orlando | Frank Ntilikina | 6-5 | 190 | PG | France | 18
The top international player in the 2017 NBA Draft. I don't think Markkanen is the pick, the Ibaka trade was the Magic saying they're done rebuilding by stockpiling PFs. Regardless, they need a franchise player to rebuild around, and Jonathan Wasserman has said that Ntilikina may be better than the NCAA PGs in this draft.
Quick, athletic playmaker who can get to the basket. The Sixers finally get a franchise PG to compliment their once-in-a-generation frontcourt players. Let's hope they don't screw it up and trade him away like they did with MCW, which of course set Philly back a few years and screwed up MCW's once promising career.
6. Minnesota | Jonathan Isaac | 6-10 | 210 | SF/PF | Florida St. | 19
Long and talented big, versatile, can hit the 3 and bring the ball up like a guard. A perfect low-risk/high reward modern NBA 4.
7. Dallas | Lauri Markkanen | 7-0 | 230 | PF | Arizona | 19
The best shooting big man in the draft, the Porzingis comparison has been tossed around. A lanky 7-foot European who can shoot it from deep? It's like this kid was specifically made to take over for Dirk, who has hinted that this will be his final season.
8. New York | De'Aaron Fox | 6-3 | 175 | PG | Kentucky | 19
Fox's size, athleticism, passing and defense gives him a great platform to build off as a NBA prospect. The Knicks get a young promising PG of the future to pair with the Unicorn.
9. New Orleans | Jayson Tatum | 6-8 | 205 | SF | Duke | 18
What is New York going to do with Melo? He has pushed for a trade out of the Big Apple, but Phil Jackson is asking for too much from the likes of the Celtics and Clippers. Tatum could be a suitable young replacement for Melo, has great size for a wing and excellent scoring prowess.
10. Portland | Malik Monk | 6-3 | 200 | SG | Kentucky | 19
A top level athlete who can really play above the rim and is becoming a knock down shooter. Plays with poise and ice water in his veins.
The Nuggets are at a crossroads. Mudiay & Murray could be asolid starting backcourt, but they have to decide what they're going to do with Gallo, Wilson Chandler (who's already requested a trade), and maybe even the Manimal. Rabb made a good decision returning for his sophomore season. Smooth athlete with a high basketball IQ. Gread hands & a solid skill set.
12. Charlotte | Miles Bridges | 6-7 | 230 | SF/PF | Michigan St. | 18
A powerful wing player with good elevation and an NBA body but an unrefined game.
13. Miami | Isaiah Hartenstein | 6-11 | 245 | PF | Germany | 18
The recent rise of Jokic to NBA superrstar and lack of NCAA depth at PF/C could cause his stock to rise.
14. Milwaukee | Kostja Mushidi | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Germany | 18
Likely draft-and-stash, a rock solid athlete who is a great defender and high IQ player. The Nuggets are doing better than I expected them to this season, but Wilson Chandler has voiced discontent and requested a trade so he may need to be replaced.
15. Denver | Johnathan Motley | 6-9 | 230 | PF | Baylor | 21
I really like Motley, he's one of my favorite prospects in the country. The Bulls have indicated that they may look to make more changes, and are actively shopping Nikola Mirotic. Motley has some good skills, not great size for the pros but plays with a lot of passion.
16. Detroit | Rodions Kurucs | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Latvia | 19
These new competitive Jazz should be able to stay together for at least a year or two, so I can see my team take a few draft-and-stashes with multiple 2nd round picks.
17. Chicago | Harry Giles | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Duke | 18
A multi-talented forward with advanced ball skills. Giles was a top 5 prospect at the start of the season, but injuries have limited his time on the court, so he falls to the mid-first now. OKC gets another young forward to make up for losing Ibaka & KD.
18. Indiana | Bam Adebayo | 6-10 | 255 | PF/C | Kentucky | 19
Explosive and powerful player with a NBA body. Can really rock the rim. Lacks ideal height but has a lot of length.
19. Oklahoma Cty | Jarrett Allen | 6-10 | 235 | C | Texas | 18
A true post player with a fundamentally sound game, who is a difference maker on both ends of the court.
20. Atlanta | Tyler Lydon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Syracuse | 20
21. Toronto | Terrance Ferguson | 6-7 | 185 | SG | USA | 18
American swingman who's tearing it up Down Under. Originally committed to Arizona but in a move reminiscent of Brandon Jennings, decided to go overseas. Explosive athlete who can absolutely fly and can also light it up from three point land.
23. Washington | Justin Patton | 7-0 | 230 | C | Creighton | 19
A big athletic center with impressive skills for his size. The Pistons get an upgrade over Aron Baynes to backup Drummond.
24. Utah | PJ Dozier | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | South Carolina | 20
The Kings need a young PG to pair with Boogie and build the team around. Ty Lawson is just a temporary solution. This kid has some first round buzz but I think he's too raw, he hasn't shown enough to warrant a first round selection.
This kid is generating some buzz and is slowly climbing up the draft boards. The Hornets improve their wing depth.
27. Houston | John Collins | 6-10 | 235 | PF | Wake Forest | 19
29. San Antonio | Josh Hart | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Villanova | 21
The Spurs know how to pick em. Josh Hart's maturity and ability to thrive in a supporting role make him a perfect fit in San Antonio.
A crafty offensive player with a sweet shooting stroke.
|33. LA Lakers|
34. Orlando | Justin Jackson | 6-8 | 205 | SF | North Carolina | 21
|47. *New York|
|49. Oklahoma Cty|
Averages nearly 20 PPG for Xavier and recently dropped 40 in the Crosstown Shootout. I think he'll go in the 2nd round and make some scout look like a genius a few years from now. Could have a Trevor Ariza-type impact on an NBA team.
|52. *Oklahoma Cty|
|57. *New York|
|59. San Antonio|